Don’t Forget Your “Why”

I am sure you have all heard the saying, “Nobody said that it would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.” And today I find that to be more, and more true. Not just the “worth it” part buthow it is not always easy. This especially holds true in the fitness industry, and achieving those fitness goals. I read a member from Gold’s Gym’s status on Facebook this morning and it read: “One of those days I had to go in my bag and remember my “why”…” I absolutely loved this and not only loved it but agreed completely!! I was having one of those days. I was having a very difficult time remembering my “why”. And it all started with a scale… A number.

Now, everyone has different goals. Different reasons why they are at the gym pushing themselves, sweating their butts off, and putting themselves through the physical difficulties that come with working out. Mine just so happens to be a Bodybuilding Competition this fall. I have been pushing towards this goal now for about 4 months. I had stayed completely away from the scale since I started. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying “don’t’ weight yourself” or that the scale is bad, but for me I have always hated “numbers”. This may come from not knowing much about it. Not knowing how body fat percentage works, or how it affects every other aspect of your body. Why had I only lost this much in that amount of time? People always talk about the physical difficulties of working out and trying to achieve that fitness goal but not many people discuss the emotional difficulties. No one talks about the “hard days”. It does not matter what your goal is or how you plan on chasing after it you are going to have hard days. And then you’ll have harder days!! And just when you thought it couldn’t get any harder… it does. This is why it is so very important to remember your “why”. 

It does not matter where you are in your fitness journey; you could have been doing this for years and years, or it could be the very first day you stepped into a gym, or went for a walk, run, or bike ride. We all have struggles and at some points we all have doubts. Why are we putting ourselves through this? Why have we not seen any changes? Why is this not happening more quickly? I have been in this industry now for over four years. I have been working out since high school! And even I have those doubts. It is so easy to get discouraged and so much more easy to forget that this is a PROCESS. One of my favorite body builders, Dana Linn Bailey, always says “Respect the Process”. Fitness takes time. It is a journey. I’ve been told multiple times by someone very close to me to enjoy this journey! Have fun! It is easy to get wrapped up in numbers; this is why I tell people not to worry so much about the scale but to go based off of how they FEEL! The number is a side note.

So back to Golds Gym’s member. You are going to have days where you will need to reach into your bag and find your “why”. And it doesn’t matter what that “why” is. It could be a body building competition, it could be to get back down to your pre-baby weight, or maybe it’s to gain weight. It could be something as simple and wonderful as just feeling better, being healthy, being around longer for your kids, grandkids, and being that role model to others. I started this journey for myself. To prove to MYSELF that I could do this and to show other people that they can to. Is it hard work? Oh heck yes! Do even I have hard, harder, and the hardest days ever? Yes! And there are some days I want to quit. And on those days I will reach into my bag and search for those “whys”. Don’t forget why you started. Use those difficult days as fuel for the fire and go out and crush those dreams. I read a quote today that said, “The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.” Keep chasing your dreams. Respect the process. Enjoy the journey. And don’t forget the “WHY” of why YOU started. Because the saying also goes, “Nobody said it would be easy, but nothing in life worth having ever is”; and when you do reach that goal; you will have one heck of a story to tell.